A couple of readers have inquired about the Aston Martin One-77 bike, which is billed on the website as “the world’s most technologically advanced road bicycle.” Aside from the information that can found on the website, I don’t really know much about the bike, which features a split seat tube and dual crown fork design as the most notable frameset details. The bike was designed in Great Britain by Factor Bikes and has been in development for quite a few years now. I posted about it 2007, and again in 2010 when the latest version of the design surfaced with a long list of electronics features. Every time I see it, the front end reminds me of an older (pre Lugano charter) track bike design that I just can’t seem to recall. If you remember the bike I am thinking of from the early 90s please remind me in the comments. It’s driving me crazy that I can’t think of it.
Speaking of 90’s track bikes (and British car makers), the Mike Burrows designed Lotus Type 108 pursuit bike that was ridden by Chris Boardman in the 1992 Olympics is now on display at the Design Museum London. That bike is still one of my favorites…a perfect blend of form and function. It’s too bad that the British team couldn’t get Burrows to design the bikes that they are riding this year. Oh well, the bikes definitely aren’t as interesting as they were prior to October of ’96, but I still can’t wait to watch track cycling on the London Olympic velodrome. Coverage of the team sprint finals starts soon, so it’s time to grab a bite to eat and get in front of the TV.